This is a recording of the close down message from ITT for Amagansett Radio/WSL followed by the August 4, 1984 0150 GMT Traffic List giving call signs of ships for which Amagansett Radio had messages. The close down time is given at 04 August 1984 at 0401 GMT which would have been 04 August 1984 at 0001 EDST or in about 2 hours 10 minutes from the start of this traffic list at 0150 GMT.
The station was located near Southhampton, Long Is., NY. Transmitters were located at Brentwood (HF) and Amagansett (medium frequency). The receiver site was the Southampton site. The transmitters were keyed via phone lines. Brentwood was 85 miles and Amagansett 40 miles away respectively.
WSL used mostly rhombic antennae connected to HRO500 receivers. The rhombic antennae could be selected with pushbutton switches. Ships in the Persian Gulf could be clearly copied when the correct antenna was pointed towards that area.
June 24, 2015 Subject:
Review of WSL
Robert McGraw W2LYH was a fellow operator at WSL. I also worked with my brother there in the late 1970's. It was a wonderful place to work at, one does not realize that until its gone. WSL operators were great cw people, but there was no smoother radio operator there than Bob. We lost him years ago, but he and the radio station survives with us people that worked there. 73